Polypropylene is a growing part of the overall plastics recycling stream, and a new survey puts some numbers behind this trend.
The Association of Plastic Recyclers, a trade group, is out with its latest demand survey for recycled polypropylene.
The survey shows that demand by 21 major consumer brand companies who responded to the survey is at more than 280 million pounds annually, APR reports.
“We recognize the combination of factors impacting the current market for recyclables, however consumer brand companies specifically outlined potential demand for this material. The challenge remains providing recyclers the feedstock to meet that demand,” said Liz Bedard, director of APR's Rigid Plastics Recycling Program, in a statement.
Unilever is one of the consumer brand companies that participated in the program.
“Recycled polypropylene is an important material with massive opportunity in a circular economy,” said Julie Zaniewski, packaging sustainability manager at Unilever, in a statement. “Working in partnership with the industry we aim to increase the recycling of polypropylene and increase recycled material content in our packaging to maximum possible levels, catalyzing the industry and further reducing our impact on the environment.”
More information is available on Washington-based APR's website.